Negotiations stalled, shelling of Ukraine intensified – Liberation

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On the 27th day of the war, a curfew was introduced in Kyiv, the evacuation of Mariupol continues, Russia intensifies the bombing.

Almost a month has passed since the beginning of the war in Ukraine. And it will certainly take several people to see the end when the lines freeze. On the 27th day of the invasion, there were no major battles or major offensives: in the Ukrainian news, a curfew has been imposed in the capital, the evacuation of Mariupol continues, the sound of falling bombs is increasing.

All eyes without much hope are riveted to the negotiations between Kyiv and Moscow. If we see the emergence of certain concessions, in particular from Ukraine regarding its desire to integrate into NATO, the future of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics, as well as the annexed Crimea, continues to pose problems. President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said he was ready to discuss with Vladimir Putin “compromise” to these regions for “stop the war”. But on Tuesday, Russian presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov did not respond to the offer. According to him, the negotiation process is not enough “vigorous” or “essential”.

“Today we are focused on the evacuation of Mariupol residents”, – Irina Vereshchuk, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, reacted to the video. Three humanitarian corridors have been opened between settlements near the martyr city and Zaporozhye, 250 kilometers away.. “There’s not enough room for everyone” warns Irina Verechuk when the municipality estimates that more than 200,000 people are still in the grip of bombing and fighting. According to the UN, 3.5 million Ukrainians have left the country since the beginning of the war.

“Artillery siege”

Kyiv is under glass from Monday evening until Wednesday. The curfew was imposed after an explosion at a shopping center on the night from Sunday to Monday, which killed at least eight people. Unable to move its troops to the ground, the Kremlin stepped up its bombardment. A drone attack on a building in the capital on Tuesday killed at least one person.

The General Staff of Ukraine on Monday confirmed that they had observed an increase in the Russian presence in the airspace: “In addition to the use of drones, the enemy uses bombers, strike and combat aircraft, ballistic and cruise missiles.” What military historian Michel Goya describes as the creation “artillery seat” against the largest cities, Kyiv and Kharkiv are in the lead.

A method of concentrating troops on intermediate targets. Mariupol in the first place, but also Raisins and Severodonetsk, north of the Donbass, where fierce fighting is underway with Ukrainian forces. The Russians continue their advance in the separatist regions of the East. But, according to the Pentagon, the Kiev forces carried out numerous successful counterattacks and even “on the offensive” on several fronts, especially in the south. In Kherson, the first large city that was occupied, it was the townspeople who resisted the invader who again broke off tear gas canisters Tuesday.

Attack from the sea

The US Department of Defense also notes an increase in Russian maritime activity in the Black Sea, while “just over a dozen warships” deployed. This, in particular, can explain the strikes around the port of Odessa that have become more frequent since Monday. But for now, it’s hard to imagine a sea attack on this strategic city without being able to get ground support, blocked for the moment at the gates of Nikolaev.

Russia is also stepping up domestic pressure. First, the main opponent Alexei Navalny was sentenced to nine years in prison for “fraud” as well as “contempt of court”, in a test called “simulacrum” his supporters. Then the Supreme Court approved the liquidation of the public organization “Memorial”, the pillar of the defense of human rights and the custodian of the memory of millions of victims of the crimes of the USSR.

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